Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween in steelhead country...

If March weather is "in like a lion, out like a lamb," I think it's safe to say this October is the opposite of March. Our fall steelhead season kicked off with an indian summer and temps in the 80s until just a few weeks ago. Water temps were warm and the fish were grabby as ever. After guiding the first few weeks of the season down on the Klickitat, we made our move up to the Methow, a tributary of the upper Columbia. The fishing has been nothing shy of insane. 

I've guided a lot of swingers thus far and I've been pleasantly surprised with the amount of action we've had on the swung fly. The Met offers amazing pocket-water fishing with tons of ledgy, rocky buckets scattered throughout its runs. While most look upon this as bobber water, the Methow fish respond well to the swing and picking apart these pockets with a switch or light spey rod has been very productive. Before the temps dropped we had several days of great dry fly fishing as well. Nothing is better than watching a wild steelhead come up for a skated dry!

The weather and temps have grown cooler here lately, but the fishing continues to be excellent. With some snow showers last week and a lot of recent rain, many dry side rivers have swollen to near blow-out stage. It's looking like things should be in prime form here in the next few days. Watch the graphs and get on it... you shouldn't miss this one! Looks like I'll be available on the Methow this Saturday if she stays in shape. If anyone would like some info about booking a trip please call me at 509-460-9519 or drop me a line via email at 

I hope you enjoy a few photos from the last couple days. More updates soon...happy Halloween!

A happy son and proud father, what a day!

Braz swingalingin "location x"

Adam W. and another big wild hen

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